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my daughter was kidnapped. >> something really wbad has happened. >> pray for my daughter. >> these stories almost never have a happy ending. this one did. >> the victim of an 18-year-long kidnapping ordeal found alive. >> jaycee dugard, rescued from her kidnappers after nearly two decades. a stunning end to a crime that should never have happened. >> my god, how could the system let these kids down? >> how, indeed? jaycee's kidnapper was supposed to be in prison for life for her
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rape. >> he tied my head to my knees. he taped my mouth. >> why didn't the neighbors ever notice anything? >> we even joked about oh, he's probably got somebody locked in his basement. >> but even the sheriff is angry with parole officers for letting a rapist keep a prison in his own backyard. >> i don't blame the public for mistrusting him. i don't trust them. >> tonight, the crime, the questions, and the latest on y jaycee herself. >> you can see progress. >> "in plain sight," a "dateline" investigation. >> tonight, the kids in your neighborhood will go to bed and
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place nearly 20 years ago. has heard how she was pregnant at 14. how she raised two daughters in here. and has seen the eyes of the man beneath the accusing headlines. so many questions now. how did she survive? how is she now? >> you would want to see her now? >> i would love to. i'd hope she remembers me and all the fun thing wez did together. i would love to see her. >> reporter: who is phil garrido? the man accused of keeping jaycee and those girls on his property all these years? how did he get to be that way? are there victims still to be discovered? >> i know that whatever we find out, whether we find her alive or not alive, i'm going to -- i'm going have to hear things that i'd rather not hear. >> reporter: and did the law miss repeated opportunities to prevent any of this from happening? heres the astonishing record we
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uncovered. this is a story that should never have happened. about a man whose monstrous april tights once stopped and they were, should have stayed that way. but that's the trouble with evil intent. it isn't necessarily so simple to see. peel away that look on his face and erect a barricade to keep the neighborhoods and law at bay and you have the disturbing tale of philip garrido. make sense of this if you can. it began here, san francisco's east bay. garrido was a child of the '60s, a boy whoseother thought he could do no wrong. or so it's been reported. though as he himself admits, he did lots of wrong things. as a teenager, began abusing drugs. he became very fond of lsd. landed in jail on a drug possession charge and then out again a struggling musician at the age of 21, was first accused
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of a sexual attack. it was 1972 antioch, california. garrido and a friend picked up two girls walking to the public lay library or so it was ald by leonard orman of the antioch police department. >> they started driving around. appently mr. garrido provided them with bar about it atmosphere. >> reporter: the victim remembers she was taken to this hotel and was sexually assaulted and then woke up in the hospital. >> the victim made a decision not to testify. therefore, the case was dropped. >> reporter: and, thus, our use of the word alleged. and thus also, perhaps, the first opportunity missed. there would be, as you'll see, several more. garrido soon landed in reno, married his high school sweetheart, lived as far as anyone in the world around him knew an unremarkable life. and then in november of 1976, philip garrido went hunting.
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this is where he came. it's just across the state line in california. where in the south lake tahoe parking lot he found what he was looking for. >> after i got in my car and started backing out, actually, i heard a bang on my window. and it was this tall young man standing there. and in a suit. >> this woman's name is katie callow way. she was 25 then, a black jack dealer and single mother. >> i rolled down my window. he said i'm really sorry. i didn't mean to frighten you. but my car won't start. i was just wondering which way are you going? >> reporter: she had no idea, of course, that another woman would come forward to claim the man in the denim suit tried to abduct her just an hour earlier. >> he didn't look to me like what i thought a rapist should look like. >> reporter: katie call way let the man into her car and began drivi in the direction of her boyfriend's house. >> and as i got to the side street i was going to turn on, he says actually it's just past that porch light right there.
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and at that point he slammed my head into the steering wheel. and just over powered me. he graed my keys, threw them on the floor. had handcuffs out of his pocket. he said all i want is a piece of ass. if you cooperate, you won't get hurt. >> reporter: nothing could have been further from the truth. philip garrido had a plan for katie. they took a drive, 60 miles to a storage facility in reno. he forced katie into one of the units in which he had crafted a sex palace of sorts, carpeted walls, pornographic magazines, sex toys. he took by his own admission four hits of lsd and then for hour after hour committed unspeakable sins against his victim. >> he said to me things like, you know, just imagine if you were in roman times and you had to do everything the man said if you were their slave, you know? >> reporter: for eight hours, the horrors continued. then 3:00 a.m.,atie heard a knocking sound. a passing police officer had noticed that lock on the unit had been opened not with a key
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but a crow bar. >> he banged very loudly on the door. and garrido went out there to see who it was. and he came back and he said it's the heat. do you -- do i have to tie you up or are you going to be good? i said, no, i've been good. no problem. you know. you don't have to tie me up. >> garrido we back to talk to the cop. >> i sat there for about -- i don't know, 20, 30 stekeconds ai thought i have to try. if that is really a policeman, i have to try and i have to do it now. i ran out there. i said help me. help me please. help me. he kidnapped me. you know. i ran over next to him. and the policeman said what's going on here? and garrido said nothing this is just my girlfriend. we're having a party back here. and i said, no, i'm not. keep him away from me. keep him away. >> reporter: he was arrested, charged with kidnapping, rape. dan moranville was the detective assigned to interview garrido. >> one of the questions i remember asking him is why is a
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guy that looks like you just committing dnapping and rape? you shouldn't have to do that? and he responded, well, i -- i have a little problem and it's one of the ways i get sexual gratification is by forcing women. >> reporter: to a man authorities in reno believed they caught a mad man, who if he had somehow slipped through their finger was never have allowed his captive to get out alive. mike ma loy is a former deputy properor in more even yoe. >> he would have had to dispose of her some other way. so i think the police officer who was on his toes and found that crime in progress because of good police work is a person who saved miss calloway's life. >> reporter: that is what happened, a predator caught red-handed. brought to justice. but what happened next, though it rolled out in legal slow motion, was as you'll see,
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perhaps the most puzzling chapter of the whole disturbing story. >> the judge agreed that this perpetrator deserved a life sentence. >> so why was philip garrido free to call on katie calloway 11 years later? >> he said, i hope to see you again real soon, katie. >> when our "dateline" investigation continues.
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>> reporter: reno, neada, 1976. philip garrido had been caught raping katie calloway in a seedy storage unit sex palace.
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>> look at his eyes. look at the expression on his face. he just don't look right. i don't care who you are. he just don't look right. >> reporter: and not from his eyes but from garrido's own mouth came a terrifying and pro thetic warning. in court, garrido admitted to watching little girls as young as 7 outside schools and restaurants. a psychiatrist presented an evaluation and said garrido complained of hallucinations, said he felt lsd increased his sexual abilities. and said he felt powerless to resist wh he called fantasies driving him to commit rape. >> he had such sexual fantasies that go beyond the norm. and he was going to carry out those fantasies no matter what it took and no matter who he might hurt in the process. >> reporter: garrido told the judge it was the lsd that made him do it. but with his arrest he found
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something better than drugs. he found god. and he vowed to straighten out his life. the judge's sentence, for kidnapping 50 years in federal prison and for rape, another state crime -- >> the judge agreed that this perpetrator deserved the harshest sentence available to the court which was a life sentence of imprisonment in the nevada state prison. >> reporter: andso it was imposed, a life sentence, a 50-year sentence to be served at the same time. never the court decided would phil garrido be given the chance to leer at, touch, or assault girls or women ever again. >> i'm thinking he's going away for a long time. >> reporter: or so she assumed. and then in november 1988, 11 years after garrido was sentenced to 50 years plus life in prison, katie calloway saw someone approach her roulette table. >> when he asked for a drink, he
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said you know, katie, i haven't had a drink in 11 years. this is my first drink in 11 years. >> reporter: she went cold. 11 years since the nightmare in the storage unit. >> and when he left, he leaned over the table and he said to me, hope to see you again real on katie. and the hairs on the back of my neck went up. i said i think that's the guy that kidnapped me. >> reporter: but wasn't that man still in prison? frantically during her 20-minute work breaks, katie attempted to track down philip garrido. how could he be free, be here in tahoe? here's how it happened. garrido had been packed off to lefrn worth prison in kansas on the kidnapping charge. three years into that sentence, garrido now divorced married a nurse's aide who fell in love with him. for the next several years, he and she did everything they could to convince people that he was a changed man. that he deserved a second
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chance. and he got one. under the guidelines back then, the feds paroled him after 10 years. shipped him then to nevada to complete his life sentence and there garrido took the final step out the door. the nevada parole board voted 3-2 to set him free. philip garrido was no longer behind bars. >> they only did less than 11 years. not enough. not enough time. >> reporter: katie calloway, now terrified for her own safety, reached a man she never expected to have to speak , garrido's parole officer. >> and he says what do you want me to tell you? that he's well? he's not. he's a sick puppy. we know he's going to do this again. but we're sure it's not directed at you. >> reporter: well that, at least, was true. 1988, philip garrido had freedom
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it's beautiful, it's heaven, you know? it was a wonderful place to grow. >> reporter: tucked under the alpine canopy that blankets the southern end of this national tresh sur a lattice of quiet streets, a child's paradise. or so it seemed. spring turned to sumner 1991, south lake tahoe. jaycee dugard was the new girl in town that year. pretty, blonde, very quiet and very shy. she had just a couple of fast friends, among them, kelly brosnahan. on june 7th, a friday night, jaycee attended kelly's sleepover party. i think that is the most fun thing a girl can do at a certain
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stage, right? >> yeah. we had fun. we were playing nintendo and just the normal things that you do at a sleep over. >> reporter: and then it was monday morning. last week of school. jaycee walked alone along her safe street to the school bus stop. nicole sykes, now a mother herself, was on the bus when it pulled up to jaycee's corner. by then, it had already happened. >> and the twins from across the street ran on to the bus and started yelling. they took her. they took her. they took her. >> reporter: what happened then is still a vivid memory, two decades later. >> everybody was scared. i mean we're 11 and a police officer gets on and says we vaul to stay on the bus. you know, something really bad has happened. >> reporter: did you have any idea what it was? >> no. we didn't know what had happened until after he had told us to stay on the bus. >> reporter: kelly was on the playground, waiting for her friend jaycee, unaware of what happened. >> and i remember the kids
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coming from jaycee's bus and she wasn't coming. the kids were saying that there was a car and they heard somebody got kidnapped. another group of kids said they thought it was jaycee. >> reporter: back home, a massive search began, the single frantic eyewitness to the abduction, jaycee's stepfather, went on local tv. >> i watched my daughter go towards the top of the hill and all of a sudden, the car dart in front of her. >> my daughter was just kidnapped in a gray ford, a man and a woman in the car. >> reporter: just like that, 11-year-old jaycee dugard was driven away in a gray metal sedan gone. her mother, terry, inconsolable, appealed to whoever had taken her. >> i need her home. i need her to come home tonight, jaycee. if you hear mommy, i love you. i want you to come home tonight. safe and sound. >> reporter: what was it look for you that next few days? >> i just remember it was really hard. it was awful. it was very, very sad and very
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hard to think. >> reporter: did you have any idea what might have happened to her? >> no. no. i just know my friend was there one day and then the next day she wasn't. and then i remember how hard it was to see terry. she was just so distraught. >> pray for my daughter. she makes it home safe. >> reporter: then asif to add to terry's grief, police took a hard look at her own husband, jaycee's stepfather, carl. he was the last to see her, after all. as the hours became days, weeks turned into months, his life became increasingly untenable here in the glare of public suspicion. eventually, his marriage to jaycee's mother fell apart and separately ty moved away. but in those first hours he was able to accomplish something important, a sketch that was both helpful and -- well, unhelpful. a sketch of the female abductor. retired fbi agent maryellen o'toole worked the casement she
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helped the author on childhood abduction. >> two things that were striking, number one this is not a crime that you see a woman commit generally. and then number two, itas then and it coinues to be unusual to have a couple involved in this kind of crime. >> reporter: and o'toole says there were other telling circumstances. >> plus it occurred in broad daylight. plus, it occurred in front of other people who could provide us with information about the car, about jaycee, about the abductor, about what the dynamics of the neighborhood were like. so to do that seemed to be very high risk behavior. >> reporter: but despite so many clues, the little girl was gone. no trace at all. the desperate searchers knew nothing, of course, of phil garrido or nancy, his jailhouse bride. there was debate about even believing the story that a woman had snatched jaycee. and as the months piled up and
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those children grew up, here under the great pinz of south lake tahoe in this little family paradise, everything changed. kind of injects a little paranoia pill or something. >> it does. they did horrible things not only to her but to the whole community. >> reporter: the search went on, of course, amid mch diminished expectations. investigators cast about looking to see if other cases might lead them in the direction of jaycee's abctor. >> we had this cluster of child abductions. and, of course, one of the primary questions that we were dealing with at this time, that was were they all committed by the same individual? >> reporter: and it turned out there was one particular case that sounded a lot like jaycee's. 1988, hayward, california. three years before jaycee was taken, less than an hour's drive from where philip garrido settled in after prison that very year. two little girls rode a pair of scooters to the corner store. how far? >> a couple blocks away. we went inside.
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we purchased some sodas, some beef jerky and some laughy taffy. >> reporter: katrina rodriguez and her friend mckay la were 9 years old. >> we were just gabbing, walking away from the store. >> reporter: was my kayla who noticed someone moved one of the scooters away from the door over to a car, perhaps 30 feet away. >> so she went to pick it up. >> reporter: and then -- >> i looked up and i heard screaming. and i just watched this man pick her up. she was kicking and screaming and he shoved her in the car. got in the car himself and pulled out. and i kept watching as he drove out of the parking lot. >> reporter: and now more than 20 years later, her mother sharon is transfixed by the similarities. >> the appearance was striking. they were both dragged into a car. the descriptions of the cars were similar. >> reporter: and one more thing -- who could the sketch of the
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abductor katrina help the police artist draw? >> i said at the time that it seemed though he looked right through me. was this a young phil garrido? now reviewing the record as to wonder, had the law missed him after a first rape? is that why katie calloway suffered? was it his early release on parole that led directly to the abduction of jaycee? and was miayla a victim, too? and even after all that, how would phil garrido be able to hide in plain sight for decades to come? coming up -- >> ask her what her name was. she just took off. >> reporter: a neighbor sees a girl in philip garrido's yard. and later, the police are called. the biggest missed opportunity of all. when our "dateline" investigation continues. on healthy hair?
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years by then. in hayward, california, mikayla garret's mother stuck close to home watching for that blonde head to come bbing down the street. and not far away, philip garrido went into the printing business. >> i was probably one of his first customers. >> reporter: timothy allen ran a glass and window shop. he send his business to garrido for a decade and eventually met the couple's two young daughters. >> he almost had a twintwinge w his eye. i remember they didn't take their eyes off me. that's a little bit unusual for kids. >> reporter: but not suspicious really. in spite ofthe eccentricities. >> philip had a very jumpy personality. >> janice gomes opened a window cleaning business and was also a loyal garrido customer. quirks and all. >> and he told me that his daughter was helping in the business. and i'm thinking why is he using a 6-year-old to make my business
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cards? they keep coming back misspelled. >> reporter: but the girl was not 6, she was much older. and was, in fact, jaycee. by then known as alyssa. asgomes son learned during a visit to garrido's house on walnut avenue where the printer introduced him to a pretty blonde girl. >> he said that's my daughter alyssa. but she didn't make eye contact with my son like help me. she didn't act like she was worried or scared or fearful. >> reporter: how little she knew about the printer and his family. when gomes later became a child safety advocate, she went to garrido again to print posters for missing little girls. >> and philip had looked them over. and he said, you know, are your people say that there are safety in numbers, children should walk together in groups. he goes, that's not necessarily true. you still can reach out and grab just one. and that's all you really want anyway is just one.
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>> reporter: so many signs from a man freely offering such specific advice. why didn't she see them? she wonders now, of course, as she remembers those strange feelings she couldn't shake when she visited garrido's home. this is where he lived on the unincorporated fringe of antioch, california. the sort of neighborhood in which a person doesn't ask too many questions. >> and i was not real comfortable with going in his house. so i was asking myself, does my husband know i'm here? does my family know i'm here? >> reporter: still, she had no idea that garrido was a convicted sex offender or that parole officers were checking on him. though, we discovered that he somehow avoided registering with california authorities for almost a decade until 1999. and after that, you could find his picture here right on megan's law website. and gradually, some of the neighbors were clued in about the record of the man they called creepy phil.
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>> everybody is a little weird here. that's why they move here in the first place. they obviously want to be in a hidden, secluded area. >> reporter: neighbors like this man left garrido alone. him and whatever was going on behind that fence of his. >> and we even joked about oh, he's probably got somebody locked in his basement. you know? >> reporter: why you would say such a thing as that? >> just because he seemed like he might. >> reporter: some of the neighbors even saw the girls in the yard. >> a little girl popped up there. and kind of surprised me. and i asked her what her name was? and she just took off. >> reporter: it was a neighbor's visiting girlfriend who blew the whistle after seei the two girls seemed to be living with a known sex offender, creepy phil. and sure enough, a sheriff's deputy responded to the house and spoke directly to philip garrido. but that visit is notorious now for what the deputy did not do. he did not check to determine
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garrido's criminal record. did not enter or search the house. did not search the property. did not even walk him to the now famous backyard where we now know he would have discovered squalor of tents and sheds designed for secrecy. as sad, decrepit prison for jaycee dugard and the two daughters she had for philip garrido and yet another chance totop it was missed. the lawman were feet from the girls that were on this side of fence that you can see leaning on the other property. they were moments from freedom if only he had done some investigating, if he looked behind the fence. but he did not. why not? how did the system designed to protect people against dangerous sex offenders fail so spectacularly? good question. but something did happen, perhaps, that day. something neighbors and clients of phil garrido could not help
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but notice. >> he shows up here right after that talking about hearing voices. schizophrenia. >> reporter: something was changing in ways increasingly bizarre. coming up, after nearly two decades, a little girl lost is found. >> she missed out on everything. and it was all his fault. >> when "dateline" continues.
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>> reporter: something was happening to phil garrido. was it the unwelcomed attention of law enforcement in november of 2006? whatever it was, his clients certainly noticed. >> he'd always been slightly religious. but in 2006, he started really talking about these wild religious views. >> reporter: that's when garrido began delivering a manifesto of sorts about schizophrenia, addressed to attorneys, universities, law enforcement, and promising to found a church based on a new understanding of god's desire. >> and he said for trust my, when my story hits, it's going to be worldwide and it's a beautiful thing. >> reporter: he launched a blog, too. voices revealed.
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his user name, the man who spoke with his mind. but did that mind fear the discovery of his secrets? look at this video from the website google maps. in mid 2007, google's mapping car equipped with cameras made its rounds past garrido's home on walnut avenue. watch what happens. a van, green, dusty, a van we now know to be philip filphilip. the van follows the camera car until suddenly it turns away. paranoid? perhaps. and, yet, this same phil garrido repeatedly calledauthorities to his house. >> what's the address of the emergency? >> yes, ma'am. it's 1554. >> reporter: 911 records reveal seven visits to the garrido home in the past two years, five of the calls, medical called for gaido's elderly mother placed by wife nancy. >> my mother-in-law is really sick. she's really pale.
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she's nonresponsive. >> or by philip himself. >> what's the problem, sir? >> my mom, she's 86. and she's not responding. >> okay. >> her eyes are open. and she looks like she is breathing real hard. >> reporter: but the fire and ems people garrido called to his house were not his only official visitors. in the past year, parole officers sometimes came to the house twice a month and never discovered the secret. all the while philip garrido hid in plain sight and far from hiding he bragged. his wife nancy began a blog called talent revealed offering his music to investors promising they'd double their money. and here is that music. filled with lyrics that listened to now turn the stomach.
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in the end, he seemed to come unglued himself. the last straw for some friends and clients came in 2008 when garrido brought around a black box filled with electronic gadgets aemitting hums and echo claiming it was his way to speak to god. >> we thought he was a nut. at that point i made a conscious decision that i didn't really want to spend a lot of time with him. we just felt that he was getting a little too cooky. >> reporter: august of 2009 when his flam flaky behavior caused charade to come undone. >> he was asked to hold an event. but his erratic behavior when he confronted the campus police aroused their suspicions and they checked and discovered he was a krunl sex offender. so they informed his parole officer. it was in effect the campus cops
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who blew the whistle on phil garrido. one can only imagine the scene that followed. there's no visual record of it. philip garrido reported to that parole officer who had no idea that garrido had children. he went there with wife nancy in tow as well as the kidnapped girl jaycee dugard, now a woman of 29 and most shockingly, two girls, jaycee's daughters and his daughters, too. now unbelievably 15 and 11 years old. the girl who was lost was against all odds found and returned finally to her mother who lost her all those years ago, a little girl walking to school. >> and now to another big story of the morning, the victim of an 18-year-long kidnapping ordeal found alive. >> reporter: no surprise the news shot around the whole world and back here to south lake tahoe, california. >> she missed everything.
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she missed out on everything. and it just breaks my heart. she missed out on everything. and it was all his fault. that man was horrible to do that to her. she got robbed of being a kid. you know? >> reporter: would you want to see her now? >> i would love to. i'd hope she remembers me and all the fun things we did together. i would love to see her. >> reporter: and now, of course, the questions. after two decades of failure to find jaycee or catch her abductor and with philip and nancy garrido arrested, jailed, and awaiting trial after pleading not guiltyo dozens of counts of kidnapping and rape, those who dealt with garrido but failed to heed their own gut warnings are beating themselves up. >> he is a rapist, an abductor
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and a sick, twisted monster. and i am just horrified that i had all this contact with him all these years. >> the child safety advocate who let garrido print her flyers -- couldn't believe it either. >> how are you supposed to feel? this makes me sick to my stomach. i can't believe i didn't see this happen. how are we going to get away with saying for 18 years we just thought he was weird? >> reporter: as for law enforcement agencies, as you'll see their reactions is different. but the story, amazing though it certainly, is wasn't, isn't over. and virtual army dissented on that backyard in antioch seeking evidence of other crime. what remained to be discovered about at least one other small blonde girl from long ago. and what's the latest on jaycee? how is she doing? >> we can see progress. it's just a remarkable thing to
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see. zbl. >> reporter: an exclusive interview. when our "dateline" investigation continues.
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>> reporter: hundreds of miles and states away from the headline develop ams in antioch, california, a young mother saw the news and went into something like shock. did those pictures resemble the man you saw in that parking lot that day? >> remarkably. >> reporter: remember katrina rodriguez? she was 9 when she saw a man snatch her friend mikayla garret
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from that parking lot in1988. back then, she helped police draw the sketch of the man with the eyes that haunted her nights ever since. >> when i look at philip garrido's photographs, i see that intensity that i was looking for. it's -- it just is an awful feeling. i look at that and i just see a horrible human being. >> reporter: hers was not the only revelation. in hayward, just a couple miles from that long ago crime, a police inspector named robert lambkin was working the mikayla garret case. >> i don't go anywhere on the corner of earth to bring her home. >> reporter: and so cadaver dogs descended on that backyard on walnut avenue. dogs and ground penetrating radar machines and police armed with warrants in the cases of two missing girls, 13-year-old eileen michelov and 9-year-old mikayla garret, a little blonde girl who looked so much like
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jaycee dugard, abducted by a man who looks, we now know, so much likephilip garrido. so easily seen now. but apparently for so many for so long impossible. that first alleged rape went unprosecuted. then he was caught red-handed kidnapping and raping katie calloway. and when that punishment was shortened, the charge against him says he went out and raped a child of 11, jaycee. and, perhaps, even more. he lived in the open, untroubled by those in charge of his parole, even received a common dags from the u.s. parole commission for turning his life around. and all the while he kept that secret in his own backyard. >> my first thoughts were my god, how could any of us, how could the system let these kids down? >> reporter: the county sheriff sat down exclusively with "dateline." it was one of his deputies who visited garrido's home in 2006
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after a neighbor reported children living in tents in the backyard. but the deputy did not bother to do more than a cursory search. what happened to that officer? >> the officer's feeling bad. >> reporter: that's it. just feeling bad? >> there have been those that criticized me for not offering up his head in this matter. but he was working an overtime shift. he was chasing details. >> reporter: he goes to the door, he talks to this guy. and he didn't go look? i don't get it. nobody gets it. >> he did not know that the resident was a sexual predator. he did not have that information. >> reporter: right. but you send an officer to somebody's house to check for a report like that, isn't a routine search done to see whether or not maybe you have a sexual offender here? >> that's the basis of my apology. but after having talked to the
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officer, i understand why he did not go further. he'd already classified this and properly, of course, in his mind that this was kids camped in the backyard. again, i'm not trying to hold that up as an acceptable work product. if i was, i wouldn't be apologizing as i have. >> reporter: but if the sheriff alone by the way in his willingness among officials to apologize for the failures in this case, if he felt mortied by his own department's failures, he's not willing to take the fall alone. he lashed out at parole officials in california who had no idea what was going on in philip garrido's backyard and whose agent supervision of garrido is now being investigated by the state's inspector general. and he's angry at federal officials who released garrido from parole in 1999 and who now refuse to release dozens of pages from the official file. you can understand, perhaps, why
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the public might be a little suspicious of the government's motives in refusing to release whatever documentation it does have. >> i'm suspicious of. that and other than being outraged at our i guess failure in this case, i'm most outraged with others that have not stood up and accepted responsibility for not having done a good job. no, i don't blame the public for mistrusting them. i don't trust them. >> reporter: but one family whose cause to be angry or mistrustful sun question by anyone has decided to avoid recripple nation and look forward instead. if there's one result jaycee and her mother terry want most, said the lawyer mcgregor scott in this exclusive interview with "date "line" is to make sure what happened to them never happens again, not to anyone. >> terry genuinely wants to focus going forward to make sure that people like philip garrido are held accountable and if
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paroled are monitored and staffed by pat role division at a level that clearly did not occur over the course of the last 18 years. >> reporter: and she won't be shy about it? >> she is very focused on taking this opportunity to serve as an advocate for a forum so other families will not have to live the nightmare she has. >> reporter: how are they doing? how is jaycee doing? >> each time i visit with them. you can see progress with respect to jaycee and the girls. it's a remarkable thing to see. >> reporter: and one last little thing, philip garrido fired off a week accusing officials of mistreating jaycee and refusing to allow a lawyer present (we're not going to dignify his letter with a response. >> reporter: the digging around garrido's property has stopped now. searchers did find bits of bone and the tension shot up briefly. but it's now been determined the
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bones were most likely animals. of other potential victims, no evidence at all. news which in the grief weighted logic of a mother missing her child came as a relief. >> i had spent the entire morning at home in tears over the very thought that they might find mikayla. and when they didn't, it was just like a weight lifted. >> reporter: oh, she knows, she says, that even if her dream comes true if mikayla is alive, there will be heartbreak as there may well be now for jaycee and her mother. so you need to know what's coming if you do find out. >> i know that whatever we find out, whether we find her alive not alive, i'm going to -- i'm going to have to hear things that i'd rather not hear. >> reporter: still, here under the tree that marks the place mikayla was abducted years ago, her mother seems to contemplate something that was almost hope.


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